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    The Daily ITK Discussion Thread - Groundhog Day you say? Groundhog Day you say?

    This like when we got told by "neutrals" that Modric wasn't as good as the likes of Mata and Silva because he didn't score and assist as much. Lo Celso is the shining beacon in a totally dysfunctional sidewhere he plays a very different role to the other two that are mentioned. Man United have...
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    Time to bring back the classic debate

    Keane was by far the more complete player. Absolutely fantastic.
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    The Daily ITK Discussion Thread - Groundhog Day you say? Groundhog Day you say?

    It has learned from previous mistakes and will get its summer targets sorted early, most of the groundwork is already done and the targets are all very very exciting.
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    The Daily ITK Discussion Thread - Groundhog Day you say? Groundhog Day you say?

    Suddenly trying to play from the back? As if this wasn't a hallmark of all our best teams under Poch and a hugely important part of our philosophy at every turn?
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    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    Winning mentality is such a nothing phrase, since it's always used in a binary way. Pochettino had enough of that winning mentality to consistently make us among the best teams in the country by talking up his players and almost deceiving them into thinking they were better than they were...
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    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    For me the bigger picture in terms of his tactics is that they will so often be very heavily based upon how we can negate the strenghts of the opposition and not how we can expose their weaknesses. What we were thinking the most about was very obviously how hinder Burnley from spamming their...
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    Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United

    United have a lot of journalists that gob up everything they say and are very willing to publish their PR memos almost without question. That being said, as a team, United have had a pretty strong defensive unit the entire year. Putting a competent attacking midfielder in the spot where they've...
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    Player Watch: Tanguy Ndombele

    Our tactics in the first half was a train wreck, and Skipp doesn't make a good scapegoat. Better go in two footed on Ndombele.
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    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    Hinging our bets on luck and Lloris emulating an absolutely insane season from De Gea isn't too smart. That the wheels would come off with those performances at some point was easy to predict. Trophies or no trophies, Mourinho have a lot to prove in terms of his coaching if he's to live up to...
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    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    Great post; been trying to make this point, but never managed to do it so eloquently. Really feared for Sons hamstrings at one point where all he did was to chase fullbacks and then sprint 70 yards to join attacks.
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    Player Watch Player Watch: Eric Dier

    After the Hennessey case where he claim he didn't know what a nazi salute was and got off the hook, I'm all for going for something that dumb.
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    Player Watch: Gedson Fernandes

    Thought his cameo was decent, but the yer da in me have a really hard time with players that seem to be more preoccupied with fancy run ups than actually kicking the ball.
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    Match Threads Spurs vs Norwich - Match Thread (FA Cup)

    Why are we like this?
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    Player Watch: Giovani Lo Celso

    He's shit the same way Modric and Carrick were shit.
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    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    The first half was actually one of the more uplifting performances we've had under Mourinho considering the opponent. Got the better of a good team by being proactive, and doing it well and actually looking like we've been coached in terms of what to do in possession. More patience and few...
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    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    Seeing as I made the post about how we should add context to the most basic of basic stats, I think you may be talking about me. I can assure you that me being able to a perform minimum of critical thinking doesn't hinge on who the manager is.
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    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    The stats quoted doesn't show any context. There's a difference between the fullback to fullback switches of play that Liverpool do all the time and a hopeful punt in the general direction of an isolated striker. The stats shown doesn't even take into consideration if the pass was completed or...
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    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    I'm just going from what I've seen us try at times. There were quite a bit of it going on vs. Villa, but we were pretty inconsistent in terms of how well we did it. We'll probably vary in our approach, but pressing high up very much seems like something he'll want us to do. And it's not always...
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    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    That United team was a real outlier in that how it profiled statistically in terms of defense and attack wasn't at all sustainable. That they wouldn't keep getting away with performances like that was very much on the cards. It was like our 18/19 season. We got away with poor performances for a...
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    Manager watch: Jose Mourinho

    I think it's important to take into consideration that this was ten years ago. The challenges teams face in terms of (as an example) organised pressing are different now and require different solutions. He seems to be aware of that himself.
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